The Roman Catholic Church has been working at Schiphol since 1975 to formalize the pastoral care at the airport. In the early years, the work was mainly pioneering. With the arrival of a Protestant colleague, a collegial consultation between the pastors appointed by the churches has been developed.
In 1987, the Roman Catholic Airport Chaplaincy Foundation Schiphol (RKLS) was established by the Bishop of Haarlem. The objective was to look after the material interests of the Roman Catholic Airport Chaplaincy and to advise and support the pastor. In those years, the Protestant churches set up a working group for advice and support only.
Since 1992, the contacts between the Roman Catholic foundation and the Protestant working group started hesitantly and developed into an intensive collaboration. In 2005, the participation of the Anglican and Old-Catholic Church in the Netherlands was added to this. There are now three foundations in which the various denominations participate. In 2014, they established a joint foundation to support the work of the chaplains of the Airport Chaplaincy at Schiphol (Schiphol Airport Chaplaincy Support Foundation, SOLS).
The objectives of the RKLS are:
- To take care of the material interests of the Airport Chaplaincy;
- To make the chaplaincy possible;
- Advising and supporting the chaplaincy.
The board of the Catholic foundation consists of:
|M. Blankers-Kasbergen||Board member|
|Father Ambro Bakker SMA||Representative on behalf of the Diocese of Haarlem-Amsterdam|
The members of the board receive no reward for the performance of their duties. They are entitled to reimbursement of reasonable expenses incurred by their function.
- The annual accounts of 2020 provide insight into the actual revenue and expenditure realized and the balance sheet position as at 31-12-2020.
RKLS is a public benefit organisation that is committed to public interest for more than 90% and works on a non-profit basis. RKLS has the ANBI status based on the group tax decision of the Roman Catholic Church.
Should you wish to support our foundation financially, please use the following details:
IBAN: NL19 RABO 0378 5061 29
name: Stichting R.K. Luchthavenpastoraat Schiphol